Similarities and differences Will look at youth football and min games, and the Australian version, small sided games
Small-sided football is a modified version of 11-a-side football and it is designed to encourage the participation of children from an early age With a smaller pitch and less players on the field the children have more touches of the ball and are more involved in the game.
Small-sided games are implemented for children under the age of 13. Demonstrated benefits over 11-a-side football based on observational study are as follows; Far more touches of the ball by all players Repeated decision making experiences The ball is in play far more often More passes and skills attempted More experience in all aspects of the game; attacking and defending
Kids are no longer able to hide on the field. The laws of the game also gradually change throughout this progression to reflect the changes in understanding, awareness as well as the physical development of players
Mini- soccer is thought to be the appropriate introduction to football. If children are to enjoy and take part in soccer they need to: Feel success Take an active part in the game Learn to play as a team Understand the laws Develop soccer skills Be able to take part whatever their ability Develop fitness
All available research and observation shows that children will have more fun and learn more playing a game with smaller teams and modified rules This is thought to be more advantageous for the young players rather than making a game with only minor similarities which leads to confusion from the players
Football associations that are serious about the game’s health and growth are duty-bound to promote mass participation and interest. It was found that the leading countries in world football all have similar aims and systems in developing young players
When the players start off at six or seven years of age, they are given a rather small space to work with Even though the actual field sizes for the two countries are slightly different, the system for both still integrates the same objective.
That aim is to simplify the rules of the game to concentrate more on the overall enjoyment experienced through playing the game as opposed to incorporating competiveness and emphasising winning
In Australian small-sided games, you are not allowed to field a goalkeeper until the under 9 age group Having no goalkeeper on the field places emphasis purely on ball skills and teamwork
Australian small-sided games incorporate a sliding scale of goal sizes relevant to the age group. This shows that Australian football is focusing on a longer preparation of youth football players in the belief that it will prevent young players leaving the game.
The aim is to encourage more players to participate in football and to maximise the enjoyment out of playing. Both mini- soccer and small-sided games have been developed to proved the best vehicle for enjoyment and activity